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Auburn alum Kodi Burns hired as program’s wide receiver coach

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Former Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns is coming back to the plains as the team's receivers coach. (AP Photo)
Former Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns is coming back to the plains as the team's receivers coach. (AP Photo)

Auburn moved quickly to fill its fifth coaching vacancy this offseason by hiring Kodi Burns as its wide receivers coach Monday.

Burns was hired as Arizona State’s running backs coach in January, but without coaching a single snap at the school is coming back to the plains where he played in the 2010 BCS National Championship game as a player and 2013 title game as an offensive assistant.

“I’m really excited to be back home at Auburn,” Burns said in a statement. “I was fortunate to be a part of very successful teams at Auburn, and I look forward to helping the program be successful in the future. I appreciate Coach Malzahn giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to rejoin a lot of familiar faces on the offensive staff. I’m ready to go to work.”

Burns fills the role of fellow Auburn alum Dameyune Craig, who was introduced as LSU’s new wide receivers coach on Sunday.

Craig helped coach Gus Malzahn secure one of the top class of receivers in the country less than two weeks before leaving the program for “professional” reasons.

In announcing the hire, Malzahn said he was “excited” to bring Burns back to the program.

“He is very familiar with our system and understands what it takes to win championships here at Auburn,” Malzahn said. “Kodi is a bright football mind who coached two 1,000-yard receivers last year. He will be a big asset to our program.”

Burns left Auburn in 2013 to coach running backs at Samford University. Last year, he coached receivers at Middle Tennessee State. The team had two of the top five receivers — Richie James and Ed Battlies — in Conference USA.

As a player, Burns spent two years as a quarterback for Auburn before transitioning to receiver. He caught 11 passes for 177 yards as a senior with one touchdown. The 35-yard touchdown catch came in the BCS title game against Oregon.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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